Apply for a CAPS ID number

You must apply for a Customs Automated Processing System (CAPS) ID Number if you are:

  • a commercial importer or exporter
  • claiming duty relief
  • submitting an electronic declaration
  • importing or exporting goods in a consolidated shipment
  • importing or exporting prohibited or restricted goods, cash or negotiable instruments

Your CAPS ID Number is unique to you and you should quote it on any documents presented to the Customs Department.

Learn more about the Customs Automated Processing System (CAPS).

How do I apply?

You can apply in person to the CAPS Team at Customs Head Office, or by submitting the application form electronically. You will be required to bring in a valid form of government issued identification.

How long does it take?

It is usually a same day service.


There are no fees to apply.